Holy Week. Day 2. Monday.
So, now you know what happened on Palm Sunday. If you read yesterday’s blog that is. Jesus went into Jerusalem, rode through the streets on a donkey and the people waved palm branches and sang, “Hosanna to God in the highest.” You may have heard that this is called the Triumphal Entry.
But many of us forget what transpired after He got down off of the donkey. No warm and fuzzy Jesus here. Take a look at what happened next.
¶ And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.
And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
¶ And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant
and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?”
And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
That all happened on Sunday. And that night, He went back to Bethany and stayed with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. It appears that was where he stayed most of the week leading up to his tragic death. He spends it with the people that comfort Him the most.
But on a side note, did you know that this was not the first time Jesus raised a ruckus in the temple? That’s right. Believe it or not, right after his very first miracle (turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana) Jesus went to the temple during Passover and let the money changers have it. Check it out in John chapter 2!
Monday was back to business as usual. Jesus got up and headed back into the city. On the way, He cursed the fig tree.
Check it out…